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|ROY C. BENNETT DEAD AT 97
The other half of a successful song writing duo dies just 3 months after friend
July 10, 2015 / VZ
Composer Roy C. Bennett, who with Sid Tepper, wrote 43 songs for Elvis as well as an extraordinarily wide range of artists including Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Frank
Sinatra died July 2 in Queens, New York. He was 97. Song writing partner, Sid Tepper passed away just 3 months ago [April] aged 96.
The duo wrote 43 songs for Elvis mainly for his movie soundtracks, including most of the songs in the film “Blue Hawaii”. Their best tracks included 'Puppet On A String',
'Hawaiian Sunset', 'GI Blues', 'Am I Ready', 'Shoppin' Around', 'New Orleans' and 'Relax' but they also wrote some true stinkers such as 'Confidence', 'Petunia' and from the
hit movie, 'Blue Hawaii, 'Ito Eats'. In 2002, Bennett and Tepper were honored in Memphis for their part in Presley’s career.
Born as Israel Brodsky into an Eastern European immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York, as a young boy he befriended a newly arrived neighbor by the name of Sid Tepper. Their
mutual interest in music led to a highly successful music collaboration that spanned more than twenty-five years.
Partnered with Tepper, between 1945 and 1970 Bennett had close to three hundred musical compositions published. In 1948 they wrote "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" first recorded
by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians and was a No.3 hit single for vocalist Vaughn Monroe. The song has been recorded by others such as Wayne Newton, Vic Dana, Eddy
Arnold and Andy Williams. Bennett and Tepper scored big again in 1951 when Rosemary Clooney recorded their composition "Suzy Snowflake."
Bennett & Tepper other successful artists who recorded Bennett & Tepper songs include The Beatles ("Glad All Over" which appears on The Beatles At The BBC), Connie Francis,
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Robert Goulet, Dinah Shore, Burl Ives, Eartha Kitt, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Marty Robbins, Jo Stafford,
Wayne Newton, and Sarah Vaughn. While these songs were very important in the music world, they prospered significantly with the onset of Rock and Roll music. They wrote fifteen
songs for British superstar Cliff Richard, including his biggest selling single ever, "The Young Ones" which was also used in Richard's 1961 motion picture of the same name and
two decades later in the 1982–1984 UK television series with the same title, The Young Ones. In 2002, Mr. Bennett was invited to England to meet Cliff Richard and sang "The
Young Ones" with him before an audience of 12,000 people in Birmingham.
Most significant in his career are the forty-two songs recorded by Elvis Presley. These songs, co-written with Tepper, appear on a number of Presley's music albums and film
Their collaboration ended in the 1970s when Tepper suffered a heart attack and retired to Florida. Bennett remained active, and published the Choral Singer's Handbook which
still in print today. Fascinated by the desktop computer, he created a software program called PowerMacros for WordPerfect.
In 2002 Bennett and Tepper were honored at ceremonies in Memphis, Tennessee by Lisa Marie Presley for their contribution to her father's success. They were also honored for
having written almost half the album in Presley fans favorite, Blue Hawaii. Tepper died in April 2015, while Bennett died on July 2 of the same year in Queens, New York, at the age